Starting tomorrow, Boston is locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While grocery stores and pharmacies will keep their doors open, all of the gyms in the area will be closed. What now??
Full transparency, I am the guy that will push the boundaries of going to the gym until they actually close the doors. While the gym was dead over the weekend, I got some solid last workouts in before it closes for at least 3 weeks. That being said, I am going to have to figure out a way to move the body at home. This is an uncomfortable feeling, but I am actually excited to see what I can come up with to stay on track.
Taking your shoes off before entering a house is just a polite thing to do and it was one of the rules I was taught as a child. Did you know that the average shoe sole is covered with over 400,000 bacteria?! Pretty crazy. Some of the other common home etiquette rules that I am sure you are familiar with are to keep your elbows off the table, chew with your mouth closed, and clean up after yourself.
Ditching your shoes for your workout has many more benefits than just cleanliness. These benefits include enhanced proprioception (awareness of where you are in space), posterior chain activation (glutes, hamstrings, calves), and overall foot/ankle health.
Below are three of my favorite core exercises that you can do using common household items. These hit all areas of the core and you should begin to get a light sweat in after just the first exercise.
1. Front plank side plank combo using a television remote - This is very hard if you use a typical plank width stance with your feet. Start by spreading your feet out wide.
2. Deadbug with pillow
3. Chinese plank - here I am using yoga blocks, but you can stack some books or use two chairs.
Hope you enjoy and look forward to sharing some more home workouts as we ride this thing out.